CremaCraft AeroPress Reusable Coffee Filters Review
I recently got my hands on a couple of new AeroPress coffee filters from the guys over at CremaCraft. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a chance to play around with these little beauties and thought a brief review of the CremaCraft AeroPress disk coffee filters was due.
Currently, CremaCraft have only two types of reusable AeroPress metal filters, the Classic which is a medium fine filter and the Competition Series which is an ultra fine filter. On first inspection, both of the filters look identical, but it’s only when you get up and close do you then see the subtle differences in the filter holes as well as a very slight difference in thickness of both metal filters.
Both of the CremaCraft filters come inside a cardboard sleeve, and on the back, there are easy to follow proven AeroPress recipes for your chosen filter. This is ideal for those of you new to AeroPress coffee and also those of you transitioning over from paper filters.
For this review I followed both AeroPress recipes that are printed on the back of the Classic and Competition Series Filter packaging sleeves. However, both recipes call for the standard AeroPress brew method, but not being a fan of that brew style I opted to use the (better) AeroPress inverted brew method; everything else is unchanged.
Classic Edition AeroPress Metal Filter
The Classic Edition AeroPress coffee filter is CremaCraft’s standard offering. It’s been manufactured from high-quality stainless steel that’s both durable and easy to clean; there’s no reason why this filter won't last a lifetime if maintained and looked after. The large filter holes on this filter allow for more coffee grinds to slip through which in turn helps to create a more fuller-bodied cup of coffee.
1. Place the Classic Edition filter inside of the AeroPress screw cap making sure to have the text side facing up.
2. Weigh out 26 g of coffee and grind to a medium-fine consistency. Not sure? Take a look at the coffee grind size chart here.
3. Add your coffee into your inverted AeroPress and then slowly pour over 200 ml of 195 F water.
4. Stir the coffee for 10 seconds and then let the coffee steep for a further 45 seconds.
5. Push down on the AeroPress plunger slowly; this should take no more than 30 seconds.
6. Drink as is or top up with hot water to make an Americano coffee.
Competition Series AeroPress Metal Filter
The Competition Series AeroPress filters are CremaCraft’s best offering in my opinion. These filters comprise of an ultra-thin single piece of stainless steel with tapered filter holes that offer high filtration without any unnecessary clogging that other AeroPress metal filters are often prone to. The design of the holes also allows for easy cleaning and provides a very clean cup of coffee by stopping all of the coffee sediment from passing through.
1. Place the Competition Series metal filter inside of the AeroPress screw cap making sure to have the text side facing up.
2. Weigh out 22 g of coffee and grind to an extra-fine consistency. Check the coffee grind chart for reference.
3. Once your coffee has been ground add to your inverted AeroPress and then slowly pour 150 ml of hot 190 F water over your coffee.
4. Stir the saturated coffee for 10 seconds, and then allow 25 seconds of steeping time.
5. Slowly start to push down on the AeroPress plunger, this will take roughly 30 seconds or a little longer due to the finer coffee grind.
6. Drink straight away or as I prefer to top up with hot water to make an Americano coffee.
Both of the CremaCraft AeroPress recipes are very similar with a just couple of tweaks with steeping time and the amount of coffee used. However, these subtle differences do make a noticeable difference to the final brew especially when you're using the suggested AeroPress filter.
Both CremaCraft AeroPress coffee filters are a must have for any discerning coffee aficionado who wants to take their AeroPress coffee brewing to another level. I have tried other permanent filters for the AeroPress in the past such as the Able Brewing DISK but in my opinion, the filters manufactured by CremaCraft are far superior in both quality and filtration than some of the others I have tried.
I don’t have anything negative to say about these filters apart from one small issue with the Competition Series Disk. I found that due to its ultra thin design the filter does tend to warp and bend. If you're not careful when cleaning the thin filter can easily bend and twist permanently. When this happens the disk filter doesn’t sit flat and snug inside of your AeroPress screw cap.